Presence in Times of Uncertainty By John J. Murphy

Imagine you are an athlete taking part in an important game in your competitive season. How do you feel? What is going through your mind? Is your heart racing because there is uncertainty about what lies ahead, or do you feel calm, poised and present? Are you confident or fearful? Are you present or are you paranoid? Clearly, there are people who want to bring you down – literally – in this very hands-on, physical metaphor for human life. They are staring at you from across the field, quite possibly taunting you with insulting language. How do you respond? What message do you send back without saying a word? And what energy are you drawing from the message you are sending? Are you gaining power and strength or are you giving it away? Is your response flowing from Spirit or clouded and confused by dualistic ego thinking?

Do you even understand the universal law at play here? Do you recognize that you reap what you sow?

Now imagine you are about to give a big speech to a group of complete strangers in a foreign country or you are an entrepreneur pitching a new business idea to a bank. Does this feel any different? Are you nervous and anxious about the situation or do you feel relaxed and at peace? What are you calling into your life experience through your thoughts, feelings and energetic vibration? Are you calling for more anxiety and stress or are you calling for inspiration, power and grace?

There are many variables at play when we wake up in the morning and face our day to day challenges, whatever they might be. Any number of things can go wrong. Life as we know it is uncertain, despite our attempts at stability and predictability. Control is an illusion. Just when we think we have it figured out, we are tested again and again until one day we surrender and empty ourselves to a higher power. Sometimes, we get hurt. Sometimes we truly suffer. Yet beyond this suffering we find resurrection, atonement and truth. From the ashes rises the phoenix. Uncertainty simply gives us a chance to practice faith and learn about ourselves at a deeper level.

Where do you tend to place your attention, on the sacred and eternal now or on the possibility of failure? What does life really mean to you? Is it all about detailed plans and risk free itineraries or is it about exploring new ideas, relationships and adventures. Stop and ask yourself, who am I without my title, my attachments and my physical belongings?

I have been blessed and challenged with each of the scenarios listed above – as an athlete, as a speaker and as an entrepreneur. I have also been confronted with some very painful losses in my personal life. In fact, I face uncertainty every day in one way or another. So do you. The same is true for an astronaut, a bus driver, a school teacher, a surgeon, a job applicant, a parent or a CEO. We are all blessed with the opportunity to practice presence, to grow in spirit, to cast off fear and to reconnect with our deeper Self. It may take longer for some than others, but we cannot hide from the truth and ultimately it is the truth that sets us free. We do not control situations. We only control how we respond to these situations – moment by moment. This is what makes life fascinating and interesting. If the outcomes were predictable there would be no creativity, no adventure and no opportunity for growth. We are meant to explore. We are here to learn. Our souls seek creative expression and freedom – not captivity.

Presence is simply living in harmony and balance with our life giving force, our Source Energy. It is more than fifteen minutes of meditation in the morning. It is a state of equanimity and grace throughout the day – despite the circumstances. It is an alignment with life force, a channeling of Spirit. Presence means being mindful, aware and trusting in Source Energy. It means letting go and letting flow. To perform at peak levels we must remain present in whatever capacity we serve. Uncertainty simply gives us a chance to practice. It is the yin of yang, the perfect balance, the ideal learning environment. It is a gift to be appreciated, often a blessing in disguise. We learn by being tested and we awaken by being present. Use uncertainty to practice presence. Your deeper Self loves it!

John Murphy is an award-winning American author, speaker, business consultant and “Zentrepreneur.” Drawing on a diverse collection of experiences as a corporate director, collegiate football player, spiritual mystic and management coach, John has written 16 books and advised countless corporate clients on building businesses with presence. John spent his 50 th birthday in the presence of the Dalai Lama. For more information about John’s work, visit his sites.


Eckhart Tolle: I worry about enlightenment & relating to others.

Published on Jun 18, 2013

In this Question and Answer snippet, Eckhart describes an inner “yes” to the moment

Atma Devata, the Self as the Divinity ~ Vedacharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)

Atman means the Self or soul, the very essence of our being as pure consciousness. It is common to all living creatures and pervades the entire universe.

In the modern world, psychology dominates our thinking relative to the mind and emotions, the self and ego and has its influence on how we view spirituality and yoga as well. We have also come to look at the Atman in a psychological light, sometimes to the detriment of its broader reality.

Spirituality is about the pursuit of self-knowledge and self-realization. There has been an effort to turn this into a kind of psychological self-knowledge, an analysis of human emotions as the prime factor. But Self-knowledge in the sense of the Atman is something much more than that. There is a modern effort to psychologize spirituality. On the positive side, this may help to spiritualize psychology, bringing yoga and meditation into psychological approaches. Yet on the negative side, it can confuse spirituality and yoga with mere human psychology. It can reduce our spiritual self or soul to the confines and concerns of the ego and our outer nature as a mere social or political entity.

Beyond the Psychological to the Cosmic Self

Our true Self is not the psychological self, which is the ego that is to be discarded for it to shine forth. Our true Self is not the personal identity of this particular incarnation. It is not the self-formations of emotion or our personal likes and dislikes. Nor is it our mental or intellectual identity through the opinions, beliefs and predilections of our thought processes. It is not even our human self but our soul that unites us to all beings and all worlds.

To put it simply: our true Self or Atman is a Devata or Divine principle. The Self is a principle of subjectivity, awareness and self-being inherent in all existence. It is the ultimate principle behind all the laws, principles and dharmas operative in this magical universe of mind and matter.

Our true Self is a divinity, a God or Goddess as it were, the very Divine power behind the manifestation of time, space and causation. We are God. God is our true nature. Yet this Divinity is not a theological principle but the very nature of existence that is self-aware, self-determining and self-responsible. This Atman or Self is Brahman or the Absolute Being-Consciousness-Bliss.

An important yogic approach common to both Veda and Tantra is to approach our true Self as a Divinity. This is to honor the Divine presence within us, to respect our own being and consciousness as sacred, immortal and untainted.

From the standpoint of psychology and the spiritual systems that use it as a cornerstone, such worship of the Self within can appear to be an adulation of the ego, an ignoring of our personal faults, and our responsibility to other people, a fantasy to cover over facing the hard realities of our emotional nature. Yet such psychological reductionism can also be rigid and can cut of the roots of aspiration and idealism within us.

An important law of the mind is that whatever we focus our attention on that we become. It is, as it were, the Divinity we aspire to become. The danger in fixating on the neurotic psychological self is that we end up becoming it, we can get lost in an endless obsession with its peculiarities, traumas and idiosyncrasies. We can reinforce the psychological self rather than releasing it.

We should learn to worship the true Self within us as the Self of all beings and the Being behind all existence, as the light of all the worlds. This can take us in an instant beyond our human problems and attachments. Our problems are inherent in our psychology which focuses on our personal identity as our true reality. We cannot go beyond them without opening up to that which in us that transcends them. This is the universal Self within.

To do so we must set the psychological self aside, which is also to learn to see it as a formulation of universal forces, elements and qualities, not as something unique to ourselves. All of nature works within us and moves externally according to the glory and the beauty of the Self within. Our psychological self is just another formation of nature’s energy and expression, but blocked to our deeper reality.

Of course, we all have a psychological self just as we all have human bodies. But focusing on the psychological self will no more take us to truth than will focusing on our physical bodies take us to pure awareness. We should give the psychological self its appropriate place in our lives as a mechanism of personal existence but not confuse it with our true reality.

The Freedom of the Atman

Feel free to let your personal self aside and be one with all. Feel free to give up your likes and dislikes, your joys and sorrows and find contentment in your own inner being beyond all gain and loss.

Feel free to go beyond your human self and find yourself in nature, in the plants, rocks, animals, in the clouds, sun and stars, and beyond.

Let your self-sense naturally expand like the wind through the release of your breath to the most distant horizon. Unite the light of your mind and senses with the light of the sun and stars.

Your true Self is the pure light of awareness beyond body and mind. It gives light, life and love to all creatures and brings beauty and bliss to the entire universe. Accept that light within and cease dwelling in its shadows in your outer nature.

Learn to worship that true Self within. Just as you offer flowers or prayers to the Divinity of your choice, do so to the Self as the divinity within. See the Devata in your Self and your Self in the Devata. Let Shiva, Krishna or Devi or whatever form you worship be reflected in your own Self. The Devatas are more your real Self than is your psychological Self. Learn to be one with that Atma Devata in all the Devatas. Let your true Self be all the Gods and Goddesses, Gurus and Avatars, which are only its manifestations. Unfold your Divine being and beauty with fearlessness and delight. Be yourself the God or Goddess that is your deepest reality and your true dignity as pure consciousness in manifestation.

Alan Watts ~ God Is Now In The Present Moment

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master’s degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

Source: Wikipedia

Secrets of Your Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence ~ Dr. Sondra Barrett

A guiding principle of the spiritual journey is to “look within.” Biochemist Dr. Sondra Barrett has done just that-and discovered that our cells offer us invaluable wisdom for inspiration, transformation and healing. With Secrets of Your Cells, this scientist and mind-body teacher takes readers on a provocative journey into our inner universe. Each chapter explores a specific aspect of the cell’s astonishing architecture, intelligence, and ability to work in harmony- off ering practical exercises to help readers apply the lessons our cells have to off er. Join Dr. Barrett to learn more about:

  • Wisdom for incorporating biological principles of balance, fluidity, identity, and cooperation into our everyday lives
  • How your cells listen to your beliefs and thoughts-and practices for sending life-affirming messages to your body
  • Rituals for making direct contact with the “soul of the cell”
  • How cells reflect sacred art, as revealed by Dr. Barrett’s intriguing color photographs of the inner world

“Our cells are more than just fortuitous arrangements of chemicals,” teaches Sondra Barrett. “They are a community of trillions of sentient entities working together to create a sanctuary for the human soul.” Drawing on the insights of indigenous practitioners, energy medicine, and the powerful wisdom of our body’s fundamental building blocks, Dr. Barrett offers readers a thoroughly-researched and accessible resource for putting cutting-edge biology into action with Secrets of Your Cells.

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Sondra Barrett – Cells and the

Cells and the Sacred, explores the science, spirit, and intelligence of human cells. Become a “cytonaut” with medical scientist Dr. Sondra Barrett to discover what your cells can teach you about learning, life and love. This introduction to Cells and the Sacred workshop expands the new biology to make practical how to access, engage and influence the health of your cells. Learn to love your cells, listen and embrace their practical wisdom.

Rupert Spira: 1. How Awareness Sees 2. Awareness After Death 3. Activities After Awakening

How Awareness Sees

Awareness After Death

Activities After Awakening

Biology of Belief – by Bruce Lipton (full documentary)

The Biology of Belief: An Interview with Dr. Bruce Lipton

Angelina Jolie – The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton.

Published on Jun 11, 2013

The power of belief has profound effects on our behavior and genetic expression. Research in the field of Behavioral Epigenetics provides insight into how we can become empowered, and rise to the level of being master of our lives. Angelina Jolie’s recent public disclosure of her double mastectomy raises concern about the methods through which we choose to heal.

View HERE on Bruce Lipon’s Biology of Belief.

AND HERE on Anita Moorjani’s Dying To Be Me

Memories of Now: On Non-duality and the Permanence of the Present ~ Han van den Boogaard

In Memories of Now: On Non-duality and the Permanence of the Present, Han van den Boogaard weaves an insightful and sometimes poignant exploration of consciousness, childhood and nature – the depths and the shallows of experience and “the transparent world of unequivocal simplicity that I seemed to have lost somewhere in my youth. What seemed divisible became indivisible again, and at the same time I knew that it had never been lost.”

Han is a Dutch psychologist, writer and translator. He is the chief editor of InZicht (Insight), the only Dutch-language magazine on non-duality. He has written several books, including a biography of Ramana Maharshi, an anthology of Wei Wu Wei and a collection of fifteen interviews with non-duality teachers from the U.S.A, the U.K. and the Netherlands. Han works as a clinical psychologist at a centre for deafblind people.

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“Are the paths to spirituality and wealth mutually exclusive?” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life ~ Elizabeth Scalia

Renowned in the blogosphere as The Anchoress and as Catholic Portal editor of the popular, Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the “gods” we worship today, reminding readers that life’s deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ.
Elizabeth Scalia’s Strange Gods brings her iconoclastic vim and vigor to this, her debut trade book. She offers readers a surprising look at the ways in which modern people still commit the sin of idolatry in their everyday lives. While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. She identifies idolatry in a number of everyday experiences–friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few–and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.

Elizabeth Scalia is an editor, writer and speaker and the author of Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (Ave Maria Press). She is a Benedictine oblate and managing editor of the Catholic Portal at, where she blogs as The Anchoress. Scalia is also a regular columnist at First Things, and featured columnist at The Catholic Answer Magazine. Past titles include Caring for the Dying with the Help of your Catholic Faith (OSV), and a contribution to Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind (Ascension Press).

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Letters to Pope Francis: Rebuilding a Church with Justice and Compassion ~ Matthew Fox

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the Papacy marked a series of historic Papal firsts–first Jesuit, first from the Americas and first from the Southern Hemisphere. But most moving was his being the first to take the name of St. Francis. At a time when the Vatican is embroiled in decades-long scandals of the Curia and its clergy around the globe, this act has inspired the world to hope for a church rebuilt in the spirit of his namesake, Francis. Former Dominican priest Matthew Fox presents a series of heartfelt letters to his brother in Christ about the great challenges facing the church today, drawing from the deep spiritual and theological sources that have been suppressed since Vatican II, and implores him to restore the sensus fidelium (the sense of the faithful) and reshape a church with justice and compassion.

Matthew Fox holds a Ph.D. in spirituality, summa cum laude, from the Institut Catholique de Paris. His long career of teaching ministry includes founding the Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality, which was shut down after 19 years under pressure from then-Cardinal Ratzinger whose pursuit of him and other theologians led to Fox’s “silencing” in 1989 and ultimate expulsion from the Dominican Order in 1993. He started the University of Creation Spirituality and is author of 31 books on spirituality and culture including Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion and Hildegard of Bingen: A Saint for Our Times. He has been active as a priest in the Anglican community since being expelled from the Dominicans, teaching and working with youth to create a more just and compassionate world–one in keeping with spirit of St. Francis. Learn more at

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A New Pope and “The Most Corrupt Vatican Since the Borgias”

Published on Mar 13, 2013

Matthew Fox (former Catholic priest) discusses the Vatican’s work with the CIA and it’s alliance with far right political forces and Pope Francis’ opposition to liberation theology in Latin America.

Eckhart Tolle ~ Crisis Of A Spiritual Awakening

In the space which thought creates around itself there is no love. This space divides man from man, and in it is all the becoming, the battle of life, the agony and fear. Meditation is the ending of this space, the ending of the me. Then relationship has quite a different meaning, for in that space which is not made by thought, the other does not exist, for you do not exist. Meditation then is not the pursuit of some vision, however sanctified by tradition. Rather it is the endless space where thought cannot enter. To us, the little space made by thought around itself, which is the me, is extremely important, for this is all the mind knows, identifying itself with everything that is in that space. And the fear of not being is born in that space. But in meditation, when this is understood, the mind can enter into a dimension of space where action is inaction. We do not know what love is, for in the space made by thought around itself as the me, love is the conflict of the me and the not-me. This conflict, this torture, is not love. Thought is the very denial of love, and it cannot enter into that space where the me is not. In that space is the benediction which man seeks and cannot find. He seeks it within the frontiers of thought, and thought destroys the ecstasy of this benediction

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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What role does “service to others” play in the evolutionary impulse? ~ Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart reminds us that if Presence is arising within us, we cannot help but be of service. How that manifests will be unique for each of us.

Eckhart Tolle in ‘conversation’ with Neale Donald Walsch ( updated June 28, 2013 )

This ‘conversation’ answers Neale’s inquiry as to how to access to that level of awareness in our daily life 24/7, and whenever our ‘alarm clock’ tells us that our mind has taken over our life, we need to relinquish it voluntarily and invite PRESENCE and shift our attention to that place of grandeur inner awareness – knowing that the world creates moments of seduction that would get ourselves trapped in the attachment to our mind.

Enjoy the conversation.


Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God. His With God series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.

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